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    iW NEWS | Goldwyn Makes "Violet" Deal

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Tim Disney's "American Violet," which debuted earlier this year at the Telluride Film Festival. The film, starring Alfre Woodard, Michael O'Keefe, Charles Dutton , Will Patton , Timothy Blake Nelson, Xzibit , and newcomer Nicole Beharie, is based on the story of a single mom battling the criminal justice system in a small Texas town. The film, from Uncommon Productions, was written and produced by Bill Haney and executive produced by Peter Newman, with co-executive producers Jennifer Eplett, Sean Reilly and Tom R. Camp. A March theatrical release is on tap with international sales o...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Likes "Nancy"

    The U.S. rights to Johan Renck's "Downloading Nancy have been acquired by Strand Releasing. The Sundance Film Festival alum, starring Maria Bello and Jason Patric, follows a housewife who searches the internet for a partner to fulfill her sexual fantasies. "We've been pursuing 'Nancy' since Sundance where we were captivated by it's bold, but honest approach to a very controversial subject," said Strand's Jon Gerrans in a statement. "In this age of Facebook and Myspace, the film has specific relevance. We're thrilled to be able to work on this project." The deal was negotiated between Gerrans and Traction Media's Doug Stone and Maren Olson. ...

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    iW NEWS | Keaton's "Gentleman" Heads To Lightning

    Michael Keaton's "The Merry Gentleman" has found a home with Lightning Entertainment, which acquired the international distribution rights to the film. Starring Keaton and Kelly Macdonald, the film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It follows Kate (Mcdonald), who runs away to Chicago to...

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    iW NEWS | "Reef" For Lightning

    Andrew Traucki's "The Reef" has been acquired by Santa Monica-based sales and distribution company Lightning Entertainment. Lightning has all distribution rights outside Australia and New Zealand. The film, inspired by true events of survival on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is scheduled to begin...

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    iW NEWS | TLA Encounters "Finding Me" at AFM

    All North American rights for filmmaker Roger S. Omeurs Jr's "Finding Me" have been acquired by TLA Releasing, the company announced from the American Film Market (AFM). The company plans a Spring 2009 release through the TLA Releasing lable. The company picked up the film from OmeProductions, LLC; OmeProductions was represented by President, Tim Yates; TLA Releasing was represented by Acquisitions Director Jennifer Arndt-Johns. "'Finding Me' is refreshing entertainment that turns its lens on the gay, black experience," commented Raymond Murray, President of TLA Releasing in a statement. "Director Omeus Jr.'s debut blends romance, drama and a...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Has Got "Soul"

    The North American and Latin American rights to Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's "Soul Power" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, details the 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. "Zaire '74,' is a legendary musical festival which circumstances have conspired to conceal from a wider public," said Levy-Hinte in a statement. "In my quest to share the festival as broadly as possible, I could have no better partner than Sony Pictures Classics." Submarine Entertainment is repping the film and negotiated the deal with SPC which secured the rights ove...

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    iW NEWS | Wolfe Acquires Titles at AFM

    Wolfe Video has announced it has acquired North American rights to several gay titles at this year's American Film Market. Among them are Richard Le May's "Whirlwind" and Chip Hale's "Mulligans." "Whirlwind," a comedic ensemble film about relationships, was showcased at NewFest and Outfest and will ...

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    iW BOT | Sony Classics Trio Help Lead Out Fall Season

    The unofficial transition from "Fall" to "Holiday" season happens in the film industry over the next few weeks and specialty distribs react by breaking out their big awards guns, from this month's "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Milk," to December's dozen or so options. But a lucky few will bleed business between seasons and it appears Sony Pictures Classics' promising trio of "Rachel Getting Married," "Synecdoche, New York" and "I've Loved You So Long" are good possibilities to be among them. None of them led the iW BOT this Halloween this weekend though, as that honor went to the debut weekend of Bruce Campbell's My Name is Bruce," which gross...

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    iW NEWS | "Dorothy" For Arthouse

    Megumi Sasaki's "Herb & Dorothy," which recently won best documentary and the audience award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, has been acquired by Arthouse Films. The film documents the lives of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a postal clerk and a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. The deal, which includes the film's worldwide rights was negotiated by David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal, and Maja Hoffmann on behalf of Arthouse Films, Curiously Bright Entertainment and LM Media GmbH along with Megumi Sasaki. Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release of the film in ear...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Takes "Miao Miao"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired the worldwide rights (outside China, Taiwan and Hong Kong) to Cheng Hsiao Tse's "Miao Miao." The film, a "multi-sexual love triangle," stars Fan Chih Wei, and marks the feature directorial debut for Tse. It is set to be released in Taiwan this month, through Warner Brothers. Fortissimo Co-Chair Michael J. Werner brokered the deal with producer Jet Tone's Jacky Pang Yee Wah. "We are thrilled to work with Jet Tone and J.A. Movies (H.K.) to bring this new wave of Taiwanese cinema to the world stage," said Werner in a statement. "'Miao Miao' highlights the multi-layered and multi-sexual texture of ...

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